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Old 09-01-2011, 01:09 PM   #21
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We've done it, but the rubber chicken wasn't worth the onerous sales pitch. We don't bother anymore, we're not that hungry!
Walt was speaking of annuity pitches at free luncheons, but I feel the same way about free samples in supermarkets. I just want to finish shopping quickly and get out of there. It's not worth having to stick around to eat them and hear about them, plus usually the free samples are calories that I don't need.

And then often the free samples at supermarkets here are samples of alcoholic beverages (amazingly enough), and I don't drink so don't want them.
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Old 09-01-2011, 05:02 PM   #22
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What? You don't take an opener, pop a cap to sample, and put the empty back in it's sleeve for recycling?
Not that I know of. I'm usually sober when I do my shopping.
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We usually shop at BJs hours before the samples come out. When the samples are out, I sometimes will try something, but am not too fond of "manufactured" food heated in the microwave. It always tastes kind of fake-y to me; maybe it's the preservatives.

Now, I will listen to an annuity pitch if it is at a fancy restaurant (as a few of them have been). I have even learned a few things from those talks. Cannot resist asking questions about fees, etc. that they were probably hoping nobody would ask

I actively resent skimpy, stingy samples that are so tiny, you can hardly tell what they taste like. I consider that cheating. Don't brag about your free samples if you aren't gonna deliver the goods! Goes for lots of things in life

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Our local supermarket Publix spotlights a different recipe every week . They have cooking demonstrations of the recipe and give samples . It's usually a small amount but it let's me gauge if I want to try the recipe .
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Well it sounds like the consensus is that spending money on a Costco membership is a better deal than annuities or time share pitches.

Now this next suggestion requires me to dress up more than I'm I'd like but it does include free booze, along with some other uh benefits.

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At the "downtown produce" store they always have a keg of beer on tap and limit 2 free beers while you are shopping (8 oz size approx). They also frequently have free wine tasting especially around holidays. Normally they will have over 40 wine varieties and usually have free snacks out as well. Sometimes they do charge 5 bucks for the wine tasting but you get to keep your glass.
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